[FPSPACE] First thoughts on Abbey / Lane report
zirconic1 at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 27 17:18:32 EDT 2005
From: mattwriter at aol.com
Sent: Jun 27, 2005 12:34 PM
>Respectfully, sir, you are off topic.
Yeah, what he said.
>Does the Abbey report get us anywhere? The problem is that, because of Abbey's long service at JSC, it is being taken seriously despite the lack of substance. What is says, in a nutshell, was that everything was great under Clinton and Goldin. The ISS partnership with Russia is hailed as wonderful without a single word about the costs and difficulties associated with moving the orbit, or the titanic cost overruns that were, at least in part, the fault of this.
I think you're over-estimating this. That report is going to sink without a trace. It will have zero effect, not because of any perception that this is a "Democrats" report, but because Abbey's name is on it. Abbey carries a lot of baggage in the space program. He did not sail off into the sunset as one of JSC's elder statesmen. He was pushed out the door because he was widely viewed as autocratic and part of the problem (remember-he was removed by Dan Goldin, who was actually his sponsor for a long time).
So even if the report has merit (and I haven't read it yet), it will be ignored.
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